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Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction MSc

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
12 Months (Full-Time); 27Months (Part-Time)
Entry requirements

You should hold an Upper Second class Honours degree (or above) or its equivalent, in Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or Geography. Graduates in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, or a cognate discipline are also welcome. We particularly welcome applications from geographers already working in research or policy-related fields.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Approximately 80 applications are received each year and 15-20 new students are registered.
How to apply

Apply online

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2016; later applications are considered at our discretion. Please note that we receive a very high number of applications so the course may be closed to new applications before the final deadline given.

Course options

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Course description

This master's programme focuses on the analysis of dynamic environments: past. present, and future. Concerns over human impacts on the environment have stimulated demand from governments and industry for the monitoring, analysis and modelling of natural processes in environmental systems. This is essential if we are to improve understanding of the interrelation of environmental variables in order to predict and manage their responses to anthropogenic perturbations.

You will gain:

  • Advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in order to collect, interpret and analyse contemporary and past environmental data.
  • Modelling skills, in order to investigate the interrelationships between environmental variables, and to predict their responses to changing internal and external conditons.
  • Intellectual and practical skills, in order to design and undertake field and/or laboratory experiments in contemporary environmental process-monitoring, or palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, and to design and test appropriate environmental models with the data you collect.

These skills are highly relevent if you wish to pursue a career in environmental management, or consultancy, and provide a firm grounding for reserach in the environmental sciences.

Dr Jason Dortch directs the course, with input from other physical geographers working on a wide variety of aspects of environmental change. Current research includes:

  • Measurements and predictions of climate change
  • Glaciers and ice sheets (past and present)
  • Biogeogrpahy
  • Palaeoecology
  • Environmental pollution
  • Upland geomorphology (low relief, e.g. British uplands, and high relief, e.g. Himalayas)
  • Remote sensing for environmental management
  • Moorland erosion control
  • Hydrology
  • Water resource management
  • Fire management
  • Tectonic geomorphology

We also use the proximity of Manchester to the upland areas of the Peak District; several past MSc students completed dissertation work in close collaboration with various organisations responsible for land management in the Peak District, giving their work direct policy relevance.

Informal inquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact: Jason Dortch (Programme Director) | Email: jason.dortch@manchester.ac.uk

Open days

Postgraduate open days provide a great opportunity to take a look at the University and find out what Manchester has to offer you. For further information please see: open days and visits

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,700
    International students (per annum): £15,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,850
    International students (per annum): £7,750

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The School of Environment, Education and Development is offering a number of scholarships for 2016 entry. For further information please click here

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
SEED PGT Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 275 0969
Email
Website
www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/geography/postgraduatetaught/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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